Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Headquarters: Singapore

Industry: R&D institute

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is tasked with promoting innovation and nurturing talent in the biomedical, physical sciences and engineering sectors. Operating under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, it oversees 14 research institutes and six consortiums located in the R&D hubs of Biopolis and Fusionopolis. It offers a range of programmes aimed at enhancing the R&D capabilities of both local and multinational companies in collaboration with its research centres. A*STAR’s IP management and technology transfer arm was established in 2002 and has been instrumental in forging closer ties between research and business; a core mandate is linking new technologies to the most appropriate funding channels to bring them to market. To date, over 400 end user licences have been issued in industries as diverse as medical equipment, plastics, oil and gas, chemicals and semiconductors.